Press owners refuse orders from poll candidates as they say recovering dues from politicians becomes 'impossible'
The printing industry usually does brisk business during the elections, but city-based printers are an unhappy lot this polls season. Even though candidates are desirous of placing bulk orders for printing of promotional-booklets, owners of the printing units are not very upbeat about the windfall of orders as most candidates, irrespective of losing or winning elections, default on payment of due amount -- either citing financial bankruptcy or showing their political clout.
Stop press: Most printing units in the city are refusing to take orders
from candidates contesting civic polls as they say recovering the dues
from influential politicians becomes a herculean task. Representation pic
Cash in advance
According to printers, they have to bear losses when a defeated candidate fails to pay up the printing charges for the booklets. "We have learnt from experience why one should refuse taking orders from a politician in the run-up to elections," said the owner of a printing unit in Kothrud. He added that he does not accept partial payments from politicians or their supporters.
"Now, I accept their orders only when I am paid the full amount in advance. Earlier, I used to take half of the amount before starting the work, but in due course of time I observed that they default on payment of remaining amount even after the material is delivered to them," he said.
The owner of a printing on Sinhagad Road said, "We don't entertain them at all. There are several reasons why we avoid politicos." The owner of a Narayan Peth-based printing unit said, "The politicians don't let us make an invoice as they would have to pay tax for it."
According to a city-based printer, the minimum charge for one copy of a colour booklet is Rs 50. Rates may vary as per design and layout. This means even if a candidate orders 2,000 copies of such booklets at the minimum charge, the cost adds up to Rs 1 lakh.